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11-06-2012, 07:46 PM - 1 Like   #1
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Thoughts on Q vs Q10

Image quality is close when shooting Raw. I am not a major pixel peeper. The examples posted in other threads look close to me. There is a little more contrast with The Q10 and perhaps a little more sharpness. It might just be the higher contrast. It is close. Didn't notice any major difference in high ISO shots. Firmware update 1.10 for the Q appears to add the same noise reduction that is used in the Q10. Others have reported that Q now has greater noise reduction in jpeg and that it looses some fine detail for a smoother look.

The Q is as solid as a brick. It fools people the first time they pick it up. The Q10 exterior has more give to it, but it is still a pretty solid feeling camera. The biggest negative, construction wise, for me is the SD card door and the battery door. Closed they are fine, but open they feel less robust than the Q.

The Q10 has new play, menu, etc buttons. They are rounded and stick out from the body a little vs the recessed Q. The buttons seem to have a more distinct "click" to them and require a little more pressure to activate ( not a bad thing in my opinion). They seem a little easier to use.

The Q10 has an enlarged grip that is nice. It totally changed the way I held the camera. The Q dances between the finger tips like a ballet dancer. If held tightly in the right hand the bottom, squarish corner, tends to dig into the hand a little. The Q10 grip fits the hand incredibly well. It is sits solidly in the hand. The Q10 guides a big lens like the DA*300 easier on a ball head.

Ran into one difference between the Q's that I don't understand. Was photographing butterflies on our last warm day. Using the Q10, Pentax 200 macro and Q-PK adapter on tripod. It seemed to be going better than normal. Was having a pretty easy time with the focus. The light was sunny on parts of the light purple flowers and shaded in others. This often causes trouble because the lcd screen will brighten then darken as you chase the butterflies around the landscape. After getting some keepers with the Q10 switched to the Q. Both cameras are setup the same - as far as I can tell. Had more trouble with the Q body. When panning from shaded areas to sunny the lcd screen would over expose the light pink flowers so much there was no detail and no way to focus on the butterfly. Figured the cameras metered differently so I set the Q to underexpose (up to 2 steps). This changed the exposure but did not change the live view image on the screen. The Q was never able to match the Q10 in this test. So what is going on? Faster metering or lcd circuitry in the Q10? More signal headroom in the lcd circuit? I don't know. It wasn't my imagination that the Q10 was having an easier go in this situation. Surprises me a little.

Still have a white Q on the way. Will likely add a Q10 at a later date. Hope this helps.


The Q10 is a faster shooting camera. This makes it tempting for wildlife shooters. Q does 5-6 jpegs before slowing down. I never got the Q10 to slow down on lo speed setting and jpeg. Took over 30 shots and it was still cranking along. Raw is a little better than Q but by as much as jpegs.

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11-06-2012, 07:51 PM   #2
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Technical and performance info aside, I simply love the look of the Q over Q10, more classic, more robust. Thanks for your post barondla
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Thanks for your views. I do find the Q to be a little less substantial to hold, and I'm glad to hear the Q10's ergonomics shows that Pentax cares.

Still prefer the look of the original Q tho!
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Any opinion on the processor speed and buffer size? Bigger and better, or same as ever?

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Oops, forgot the buffer/speed. Will add it to report.

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